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Spotify’s plan to add advisory to COVID podcasts is a positive step – White House

WASHINGTON :Spotify’s plan to add a content material advisory to any dialogue of COVID-19 on its platform is a positive step, however tech platforms ought to do extra to forestall the unfold of misinformation on the coronavirus, the White House mentioned on Tuesday.

“Our hope is all major tech platforms and all major news sources for that matter be responsible and be vigilant to ensure that the American people have access to accurate information on something as significant as COVID-19”, White House press secretary Jen Psaki instructed reporters in a briefing.

“This disclaimer – it’s a positive step, but we want every platform to continue doing more to call out misinformation.”

U.S. podcaster Joe Rogan apologized on Sunday and pledged extra stability on his present, The Joe Rogan Experience, amid a backlash in opposition to COVID misinformation on the streaming service that wiped greater than $2 billion off its market worth final week.

Rogan’s present has been essentially the most listened-to podcast on Spotify. His views on vaccines and authorities mandates to management the unfold of the coronavirus alienated distinguished figures from the platform earlier than Spotify mentioned it could add a content material advisory to any episode with dialogue of COVID to attempt to quell the controversy.

It marked the primary step by Spotify into the sector of content material moderation that different tech platforms have discovered difficult and expensive.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington; writing by Kanishka Singh; Editing by Leslie Adler and Marguerita Choy)

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